This coming winter sports season will be particularly historic in the state of Wyoming, which has always had a large wrestling community and following relative to most states, as it will see the first ever season of fully sanctioned high school women’s wrestling as it’s own division. The girls will kick off their season against non-teammates this coming weekend at the Braves Brawl which will be the debut for many other schools and their women’s wrestling program as well.
The girls did have a dual open to parents before the season got underway officially where they wrestled one another to get a hang of where to line up to start the match, what it’s like to wrestle in full gear, what it’s like to wrestle in the gym in front of fans, etc. Some of the girls may not have needed this warm up though as Star Valley has a slight advantage in having 3 girls returning this year that wrestled on the mens team last season which is experience Coach Foreman thinks will be invaluable.
The 3 returning wrestlers have been given the nickname from the coaching staff of “the senior wrestlers” due to their experience level and their ability to bring a mentorship aspect to the mat and to practice each day. The biggest thing Coach Foreman says impresses her about her team to this point has been how excited her girls are to compete, “they just bring so much energy and desire to compete everyday” which may help close a small bit of the gap of experience through sheer grit.
One of “senior wrestlers” this year is actually Coach Foreman’s own daughter Veil Foreman, but Coach is standing firm that it is important to try and create a healthy separation of mother-daughter coaching situations and she credits her team of assistant coaches who have been excellent about coaching her own daughter along which has been extremely helpful. This does however lend itself to a second aspect of having her daughter be a long time wrestler is her involvement in the women’s wrestling scene under other non-high school affiliated leagues which has allowed her to scout several of the other female wrestlers from across the state that have competed with and against Veil in the past that should be expected to be competition this season during the winter sports season.
You can catch the full interview linked down below, and the Braves Brawl can be watched on SVI 2 this Friday and Saturday starting at 3pm Friday and 9:30am Saturday.